Review: WITHOUT YOU by Julie Prestsater
When two people connect, they can make beautiful music together. But what happens when music is the thing that tears them apart?
Evan James had it all. Drop-dead sexy, brilliantly talented musician, a skyrocketing career and his high school sweetheart by his side. When he’s offered a golden opportunity to go on tour, he never imagined she wouldn’t go with him. Without her, he found his dream meant nothing. Three years later, bereft and alone, Evan stops at an open mic night and spots someone sitting in the audience, the beautiful face of a woman he’d never forget…Maddy, his one true love.
Madison Grey had only ever loved one man. When Evan broke her heart she had no choice but to move on with her life, start a career of her own, and she even finds a new love. Still, thoughts of Evan were never put to rest. And on one fateful night, she unexpectedly hears him pour his heart out into a new song. A song about broken hearts, lost love, and second chances. A song about her.
With the help of their scheming friends, Maddy and Evan are thrown into each other’s lives once more. While learning to love and trust again, there is only one thing left on both of their minds… Is life better with or without you?
Dawn’s Review 4.5 Stars
I’ll admit it – the minute I saw this cover, I HAD TO MEET Evan James!! Seriously, that hair, those lips? YES!! And I was not disappointed in this singer/songwriter, sexy, all-around yummy book boyfriend! And to have this be a second chance love story was just what I needed to while away some hours. Evan and Madison/Maddy/Sunshine were friends and lovers early on. But as can sometimes happen, life gets in the way and heartbreak ensued.
Fast forward a few years and Maddy’s life is filled with friends, laughter, and a new boyfriend. She’s sassy, caring, and not quite over her first love. Evan is at a crossroads, having traveled the road and made a name for himself. What happens when these two are thrown back together to help their best friends in Without You is real, fun, and full of sweet, romantic moments – ones that make you catch your breath with the sexual tension.
Julie Prestsater captures dialogue, heartfelt scenes, and had me laughing and crying. I felt like I was right in the story with Evan and Maddy. Adding in the aspect of his songs, particularly Without You, made my musician-loving heart beyond happy. Overall, a sexy, emotion-filled read that I loved!
ARC provided for honest review
I’m a mom, a wife, a teacher, a reader, and a writer. I’m also an lunatic when it comes to the NFL and playing Fantasy football, especially if I don’t get my first pick quarterback: Tony Romo. When I’m not at home or work, you can probably catch me on the 15 freeway singing my heart out and dancing away in my car.